The southwest corner of 47th and Mission in Roeland Park has seen redevelopment nearby in recent years and some tenants have had their leases ended.Roeland Park agreed this week to move ahead in a joint venture with Westwood to prepare a Neighborhood Revitalization program proposal that could allow homeowners who undertake major remodeling projects to receive a reimbursement on the additional taxes that result from a higher assessed value. A Roeland Park analysis of building permits and assessments showed that home additions and major interior remodels have the greatest impact on subsequent house value.The idea for the program and for the two cities to work together on the project was first presented to the Roeland Park City Council In November 2013 by members of the 47th Street and Mission Road Overlay Committee, which has representatives from Westwood, Roeland Park and Kansas City, Kan. The committee reviews projects along the corridor which touches all three cities, and hopes to encourage redevelopment. A number of projects have started along the 47th Street corridor recently.Scott Bingham, who chairs the overlay committee, said the program is designed to encourage substantial investment, not just maintenance projects. The program works by allowing cities to set a rebate on additional taxes that might result from a home improvement. The program does not lower current tax collections, but gives back a portion of the new taxes if the property is assessed at a higher value after the remodel.Cities can set a number of conditions, including the percentage of the rebate and a minimum investment to trigger the program. They also can include commercial property and rentals if they want. The program has also been discussed in Mission.The program does not need to be identical in the two cities. Staff from both cities will put together a proposal on the details of the program. They would then go jointly to the school district and county to ask those taxing districts to participate.Bingham said the program is designed to keep housing stock strong which would attract more young families and, in turn, commercial investment. Councilor Michael Rhoades asked if re-investment isn’t already happening so the program would give back money that the cities would otherwise collect.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed August 17 that the body found in a wooded area in Thompson on August 13 was a former Riverhead High School basketball player, Gabriel Jackson.Jackson has been living in North Augusta, SC. He was found dead on the night of August 13 in McDuffie County, GA.Jackson, 32, had been missing for three days and was last seen leaving his apartment complex. A murder warrant has been issued for Sanriquez Antonio Williams, 21, of Dearing, GA, who is wanted in connection with the investigation into the discovery of Jackson’s body Tuesday night, according to the McDuffie County sheriff’s office.According to published reports, Jackson was a 2006 graduate of Riverhead High School, and played for the Blue Waves. He leaves a son, Gabriel III, his mother, JoAlice Hunt, a brother, Tylete Hardin, and partner Sha’Quasia Freeman, who is said to be pregnant with twins.Southold PoliceSouthold Town Police said it was easy to spot Douglas Aloise, who was driving erratically in Cutchogue Friday night, August 17, shortly after 8 PM: he was going in the wrong direction. Furthermore, they said, after they attempted to pull the car over, he brought his vehicle to a halt only to start up again as they approached, and headed west on New Suffolk Street.When the vehicle finally stopped, cops said they ascertained that Aloise had been drinking too much alcohol. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol with a BAC at .08 percent, both misdemeanors, and two traffic violations. He will answer the charges in justice court next [email protected] Share
Sean Gunnels (Photo by John Blackie). Share PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 8 University of West Florida men’s tennis team (7-5, 1-1 GSC) blanked No. 45 West Alabama (6-6, 0-3 GSC), 9-0, today at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex on the UWF campus. The win is UWF’s first Gulf South Conference victory of the season. UWF has won three straight matches.UWF swept all three doubles matches. At the No. 1 position, Leandro Ferreira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Andrey Pozhidaev (Sochi, Russia) defeated Lucas Cruz and Juan Felipe Tellez, 8-2. Argonauts Domenico Sano (Macaray, Venezuela) and Jose Carlos Tolentino (Lima, Peru) defeated Clay Cooke and Wade Covington, 8-2, at the No. 2 position. At the No. 3 doubles line, Lukas Larsson (Ystad, Sweden) and Mike Lue (Richmond Hill, Ontario) teamed to record an 8-6 victory over Lucas Nunes and Luis Ruiz.The Argonaut men won all six singles matches in straight sets. At the No. 1 position, Ferreira, who is currently the No. 15 singles player in the country, recorded a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Tellez. Pozhidaev, who is listed at No. 20 in the nation, tallied a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Nunes at the No. 2 line. At No. 3, Tolentino defeated Covington, 6-3, 6-1. Sean Gunnels (Mobile, Ala.) won his match against Ruiz, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 4. Lue defeated Cruz, 6-0, 6-2, at the No. 5 line. At the No. 6 position, Sano defeated Cooke, 6-2, 6-1.UWF will play its next four matches at home. The Argonaut men return to the courts tomorrow to face BYU-Hawaii. On Friday, March 11th, the Argos will face Ouachita Baptist, which competes in the GSC West, at noon. The following day, West Florida will wrap up its homestand with a doubleheader against Alabama-Huntsville and Cameron. All of the matches will be played at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex. Results and recaps from all of these matches will be available on GoArgos.com.For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. — www.GoArgos.com –____________________________________________________________________________________No. 8 University of West Florida 9, No. 45 West Alabama 0Singles#1 No. 15 Leandro Ferreira (UWF) def. Juan Felipe Tellez (UWA) 6-0, 6-2#2 No. 20 Andrey Pozhidaev (UWF) def. Lucas Nunes (UWA) 6-1, 6-0#3 Jose Carlos Tolentino (UWF) def. Wade Covington (UWA) 6-3, 6-1#4 Sean Gunnels (UWF) def. Luis Ruiz (UWA) 6-1, 6-0#5 Mike Lue (UWF) def. Lucas Cruz (UWA) 6-0, 6-2#6 Domenico Sano (UWF) def. Clay Cooke (UWA) 6-2, 6-1Doubles #1 Leandro Ferreira/Andrey Pozhidaev (UWF) def. Lucas Cruz/Juan Felipe Tellez (UWA) 8-2#2 Domenico Sano/Jose Carlos Tolentino (UWF) def. Clay Cooke/Wade Covington (UWA) 8-2#3 Lukas Larsson/Mike Lue (UWF) def. Lucas Nunes/Luis Ruiz (UWA) 8-6Match Notes:West Alabama 6-6, 0-3 GSC; National ranking #45; Regional ranking #12University of West Florida 7-5, 1-1 GSC; National ranking #8; Regional ranking #7Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,4,1,5,6,3)Print Friendly Version No. 8 UWF Men’s Tennis Team Blanks West Alabama, 9-0